Microsoft is to release a free ant-virus software, with the the rumoured name being Morrow. Apparently Morrow is going to be compete against Symantec anti-virus and has been tested as a beta version in the United States.
Microsoft has said that Morrow, remember this is only the rumoured name, will offer protection against viruses, spyware, rootkits and Trojans. The release of Morrow is seen as a strategic move by Microsoft against anti-virus providers such as Symantec and McAfee who both generate billions of dollars each year with their anti-virus products. McAfee and Symantec are said to make most of their revenue from full security suite software that features encryption, password protection, a firewall, parental controls and data backup features in addition to basic anti-virus protection functionality.
Apparently Symantec and McAfee have indicated that they don’t see Microsoft’s entry into the ant-virus market as a threat, but this seems a bit strange to me, Microsoft not a threat? However, it is also rumoured that Morrow is said to be a basic product and and will not offer the same type of protection as Symantec and McAfee products. We will wait to see what happens but it’s a very interesting development.